Luquillo Experimental Forest Metadata System

The Luquillo Experimental Forest LTER Metadata Management System Summary

The Luquillo Experimental Forest LTER site (LUQ) their metadata in relational databases. Text files and HTML files are manually revised to reflect the latest updates on metadata and data. Other database (mySql) manage the site personnel and data files are kept in the structure filesystem. Discovery level EML is also offered on the Luquillo website and central repositories.

LTER sites with similar management systems

  • some similarities : BNZ, SEV, HBR
  • potential synergies : MCM, PAL, CCE, MCR

The Luquillo Detailed

The Luquillo Experimental Forest LTER site (LUQ) their metadata in relational databases, at this time primarily in Paradox. The data is stored in a hierarchical filesystem structured according to the Luquillo research projects. Metadata is captured in text files, and after a review and approval process, text files and HTML files are generated in the filesystem reflecting the latest updates on metadata and data. Other database (mySql) manage the site personnel and data files are kept in the structure filesystem. Discovery level EML is also offered on the Luquillo website and central repositories. Luquillo is working into transitioning into a database centric model, where all metadata will be handled and served from the database, as well as the website content. Quality controlled EML is soon to be completed to the attribute level.

EML Status:

  • Completion: All metadata is available in EML.
  • Richness : Nearly all EML documents are at discovery level, but plans to enrich these documents to the attribute level (level 5) are 65% implemented
  • QA/QC : There are manual systematic mechanisms to ensure the quality of the metadata and data.